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What's On Magazine - August 2013

Pride in August

13AugThose who visit Iceland in the last month of summer are in for a treat and some pride in August! The weather is usually mild and cozy, there are still remnants of the famous midnight sun and there are an abundance of fantastic events and happenings. The first weekend of August is called “Verzlunarmannahelgin,” which literally translates into: “Shoopkeeper’s Weekend.” Icelanders usually spend this three day weekend traveling around the country or going to music festivals, the most famous being the one held in Vestmannaeyjar. Don’t worry though, there are plenty of things happening in Reykjavik also.  Then we celebrate Gay Pride, with events like a drag queen competition in Harpan, and of course, a colourful and fabulous parade and a concert in downtown Reykjavik.

Later on in August, on Saturday 24th, we have Reykjavik Culture Night, where every form of culture is celebrated: street theatre, spontaneous concerts, free or reduced admission to most museums and special events galore in general. Everyone will be able to find something to his taste. Speaking of taste, on the day after Reykjavik Culture Night, there is the Reykjavik Bacon Festival. What better way is there to wrap up a fantastic month than with bacon? Beats me.

So enjoy your stay here in Iceland and celebrate with us.

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